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AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Critical Trends Report Finds Printers and Mailers Redefining Their Businesses

Inaugural survey of association printing, mailing, fulfillment, and marketing services providers yields new perspective on how companies are responding to current industry challenges. East Rutherford, N.J. (April 23, 2014)―The inaugural Critical Trends survey of printing, mailing, fulfillment, and marketing services company  members of AMSP/NAPL/NAQP has yielded a new perspective on the ways in which these companies are meeting the challenges of an evolving graphic communications industry. AMSP/NAPL/NAQP is the new …Read More

CEO’s – Stay Connected to the Shop Floor

Through my career I have worked for various CEO’s who have allowed themselves to become disconnected from the realities of working on the shop floor. Sometimes this happened by “accident”, while in some cases the CEO purposely worked to avoid developing and maintaining a relationship with those who executed the work orders and got the work out. In my opinion, this represented a lack of leadership sense and typically resulted …Read More

The Hottest Social Media Properties

How do you evaluate social media sites? Is it number of times accessed in a day, the demographics of visitors, or how fast hose sites are growing? The answer, of course, is all of the above. The popularity and growth of social media sites is constantly changing. If you go back far enough, you’d find that MySpace was the number one site, but over time that changed to Facebook and …Read More

Does Perceived Value of Your Business Equal Reality?

Very often, when owners decide that it is time to sell their business they have a perceived idea as to what the business is worth (or what is needed to meet their financial needs going forward). Unfortunately, however, the real worth of a business is seldom the same as the owners’ perception. Before making a decision to market your company for sale, you should have an evaluation of its worth …Read More

AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Annual Conference Keynoters Will Address Essential Management Issues

Author David Horsager speaks on the benefits of ‘The Trust Edge’ held by top business leaders; Researcher Scott Zimmer shows how to ‘bridge the generation gap’ with younger workers. East Rutherford, N.J. (April 17, 2014)―Essential management issues will be the focus of keynoters David Horsager and Scott Zimmer at the 2014 AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Annual Conference, June 9-12, at the historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. “Based on our 2014 conference theme, …Read More

Find Your Champion

You know, it really only takes one. Look through the different departments within your business; it may be a customer service rep or a lead operator in the plant. It could be that seasoned sales rep that has found a new gear and is full of optimism, ideas and client success. If you still haven’t located one, keep looking because this is important. Finding these folks is tough because we’re …Read More

Packaging Sector Comes Alive as Coffin Maker Acquires Global Branding Company – March 2014 M&A Activity

Significant transactions were announced throughout the spectrum of packaging technologies in March, from the basics – paper making for packaging products, to the sophisticated – global management of brand identity at multiple print providers across the globe, many using different printing technologies. The traditional divide between commercial and packaging printers continues to blur as commercial printers seek opportunities in packaging where they can apply their talents, utilize their capital equipment …Read More

New Monthly Magazine Launched by AMSP/NAPL/NAQP

The inaugural issue of ‘Bottom Line,’ a comprehensive publication for printers,mailers, and marketing services providers now in the mail to association members. East Rutherford, N.J. (April 9, 2014)―Bottom Line, a new monthly member magazine, has been launched by AMSP/NAPL/NAQP, the new industry association created this year through the merger of the Association of Marketing Service Providers, National Association for Printing Leadership, and National Association of Quick Printers. The premier issue …Read More

NAPL Conducts Nationwide Executive Search For Graphic Visual Solutions Vice President of Sales

Business Advisory Group seeks candidates to join the executive management team of printer and marketing solutions provider in Greensboro, N.C. East Rutherford, N.J. (April 8, 2014)―The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) Business Advisory Group has launched a nationwide executive search for a Vice President of Sales on behalf of Graphic Visual Solutions, Greensboro, N.C., Graphic Visual Solutions is a $24 million graphic communications company whose service portfolio includes sheetfed, …Read More

Know what you’re talking about: Read.

If you are old enough to remember that line (in fact, the only line) in a public service television spot that ran some years ago, you are in good company. The spot featured a group of young men in a diner discussing something, and although there is no audible dialog (just background music) it is clear that the discussion/debate is quickly becoming heated and may very well come to blows. …Read More